As the election draws closer, presidential candidates are working tirelessly to earn delegates and electoral college votes.
By Rachel Lau
Social Media Editor
The 2016 presidential primary contest has been one of the most controversial races for presidency in decades. The Republican candidates need to get at least 1,237 delegates in total from their states. The Democratic candidates need to get 2,383 or more.
Delegates are individuals who represent their states at national party conventions. These are very important because the candidate who receives a majority of his or her party’s delegates during the long process of the race wins the nomination.
On March 22, republican candidate Donald Trump had an impressive victory in Arizona. Even though fellow party member Ted Cruz is behind Trump, he won the Utah caucus.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton scored a victory in the primaries’ biggest prize, Arizona.
Democrat Bernie Sanders won the caucuses in Utah, Idaho, and Wisconsin. Contrary to predictions Sanders also beat Clinton in Alaska and Washington State by a large margin along with Hawaii.
As of April 11, Donald Trump had 743 delegates while Ted Cruz had 545. John Kasich is in last place with 143. On the democratic side, Hillary Clinton has 1,758 and Bernie Sanders has 1,069 delegates.
Along with delegates, electoral college votes are also a big part of the election. Electoral college votes are made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide who the President will be.
This will all be decided at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions where the political party will nominate their candidates.
Both electoral college votes and delegates combined will ultimately determine which Republican and Democratic candidate will be running against each other for chief of state.
Government and Economics Teacher Mrs. Erica Main said, “Each candidate has been very vocal.”
Pennsylvania as a state is mostly conservative. The rural part of the state usually votes more conservative, whereas the city areas vote more liberally.
There are 71 republican delegates and 234 democratic delegates. Every vote counts.